Alpine Glow

The glow of the Alps is soothing. In general, I find the mountains to be relaxing and peaceful. When stressed, I often shut my eyes and think of myself somewhere in the mountains. Living relatively close to the Alps, I have been able to visit them quite often. What I really like about this picture are the colors. The dark green at the bottom and the dark blue at the top in contrast with the pastel colors in between. The moon shines bright and the mountains are aglow. What is your peaceful place?

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Princely View

Princely View

When visiting a historical spot, I always have a sense of history weighing on my shoulders. Here in Schloß Hohenschwangau I picture King Ludwig II moving through these rooms and looking out the window. He is widely thought to have been a disturbed man, I wonder if he felt the same soothing effect of the mountains that I did. Such a view is simply breathtaking.

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Winter – St. Colomon Church

St. Colomon Church

It finally snowed a bit this week. It was only a few flurries, but it still brought a smile to my face. I love snow. I have a lot of good memories associated with snowstorms – listening to the radio to find out of school was closed, building forts in the snow, hot chocolate. To this day I still turn into a kid when it snows. And I even enjoy shoveling snow. I find winter to be so much more enjoyable when the landscape is covered in white, as the brightness of the snow takes away from the dreary darkness of winter.

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Stories from Long Ago

Hopfen am See

Hopfen am See is another resort town in the Allgäu region of the Bavarian Alps. The first few times I visited, I stayed at a bed and breakfast run by an elderly couple. I have always found it fascinating to talk to older people, I always felt I could learn a lot. It is like having a living documentary or history book. In this case, I heard stories about being expelled from the Sudetenland in World War II. Hearing personal war stories really gives you insight on the personal impact of the war and makes me thankful that I have not been directly affected by war.

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My First Time

Speiden, Bavaria

I vividly remember the first time I saw the Alps. I had never seen such high mountains before and I was truly impressed. Southern Bavaria has some small rolling hills, and the Bavarian Alps tower over the hills like a wall. Since that first trip, I have returned to the Alps a number of times, with my family, for a friend’s wedding, for Easter. The weather hasn’t been that great, but I have always had an amazing time. This picture is of the village of Speiden. Besides looking a beautiful as a painting, there is also an excellent restaurant in the village. I can’t wait to go back!

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